DR350 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by leonphelps, May 16, 2007.

  1. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Sorry no additional info.
    This was something that I was looking up the other day as well. Please post some pictures when you do the job. One thing I wondered was how does the tank mount and if there is a difference between the various acerbis tanks, XR, XRL...

    With the Acerbis Dr350 4.2 tank you really only get 200 miles out of it. 4.2 gallons is a joke. Sputtering to a stop with both petcoks on res I can get 3.75 gallons out of it . Using only the right side petcock (since I busted the lever off the left side with a flying rock and now need to use a pair of pliers to open and close, I mainly use the right) I get about 3.3 gallons on res, a little more if I am on pavement, but steep downhill trails it will start to stumble at 3 gallons. So let's say 3.5 gallons. 60 mpg is about what I get on the bike. 70 if it is all road geared high, 50 all trail geared low. 210 miles.

    Though 200 miles is fine for most things I often do desert 4 wheeling/camping trips where we would do 400 miles between gas stops. I often dream of doing these kind of trips on my DR. But the fuel range really doesn't make it possible. Sure I carry jerry cans in the truck and will need to on the bike.

    I'd imagine that with a 5.8 tank you will probably only get one more useable gallon out of the deal compared with the 4.2. 1.6 gallons more capacity, but the extra vol is in those giant forward lobes. They look like they are extended at the same angle which means they will most likey trap more gas than the 4.2.

    ??? I don't know . Just the day dreams of a desk jockey.

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    On second look the XR tank lobes do not look like they hang down as far as the DR's. Since you lose about 1/2 a gallon with the 4.2, assume the same lose with the 5.8, that is 5.2 useable gallons yielding 300 miles.
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  2. AC909

    AC909 Great Job!

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    I have been in the garage sweating and thinking and I pretty much have it figured out. I will post up some pics when I am done.
  3. MrPulldown

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  4. lancruza

    lancruza On a Mission

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    I can't take credit for this idea. My inspiration comes from another inmate, RuggedExposure, and from earlier in this thread. Here's a link back to what he did. I love the look of his setup. I bought a Millermatic 185 a while bike and I finally decided to see if I could put it to use. This was my first time on a welder, and to the trained eye I'm sure that it shows. But I'm pleased with the way it turned out, and glad to have a little bit of storage with the bike. I had an old bed frame made out of angle that had been sitting in the corner of the basement for about 10 years. I cut it up and started welding. I may end up getting some larger ammo cans down the road, but for now these will be fine.

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  5. Greg Bender

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    Hi MrPulldown,

    Ride quality wasn't changed a bit. At least not as far as my insensitive posterior can detect.

    Adjustability was definitely improved...even after riding in plenty of dirt, rain, power washes, etc. It certainly makes adjustment easier. I don't try to keep it clean and it still seems to work just fine.

    McMaster-Carr, IMHO, has some of the best shipping rates of any industrial supply house. I used to worry about what they would charge, but I no longer care beforehand. I order stuff from them frequently and I'm always pleasantly surprised. BTW, you can always phone them and ask them the shipping rate over the phone (they have always been helpful when I've called). The only time you'll be dinged for double shipping charges - IME - is if you are ordering parts that are from two different warehouses (most of my orders come from LA, but occasionally something I'll want is located in Chicago and is not currently in stock in LA, etc). Oh, and if you order a bunch of smaller stuff and then some 5 or 6 foot long stuff, they'll pack the long stuff in a separate tube.

    The bearing mod isn't necessary nor high on my recommended list, but I'm glad I did it. Easy to do if you have the shock apart for service, etc.

    Regards,

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  6. MrPulldown

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    Thank. Will be pulling apart the rear suspension this winter and planning stuff I want to do. Since I almost never adjust the preload, I think I will pass.

    Good to know on the shipping, with McMaster Carr. Some places really jack you on shipping.
  7. tkent02

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    Ok, got the correct .50 forks springs in, with 15 wt fork oil. Rode it around some, no real off road use yet. Man these forks are an improvement over the stock forks with cartridge emulators! Runs over the rocks in my yard much smoother, up and down the curb and through my wife's little rock garden, very nice. On the road it feels like the cracks and holes in the pavement are gone, at least with the front wheel. All of a sudden, the rear spring is feeling wimpy, can't wait to get the back end fixed up too!
  8. veriest1

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    That's an awesome job for a first time welder. I recently picked up a little Lincoln wire feed unit. Hopefully my first attempt will be as good as yours.

    Couple of questions. Are you going to put some tie down points on the rack portion?

    And are you going to paint the boxes? Don't ask me why but one of the bikes I'd like to own one day is a white f800gs. I'd mount black .50 cal cans and stencil "GS" seven inches tall onto the sides with a little overspray for that refined-sudo-rat-bike look.

    Or it might look terrible. Just tossing ideas out there.

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  9. lancruza

    lancruza On a Mission

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    Thanks, I am probably going to drill a few holes in the rack so I can have some places to hook bungees or straps, or I may weld on a couple of hooks. I hadn't thought about it until this afternoon when I went to strap on my tail bag:kboom. Go to the link in my original message and you can see what the ammo boxes look like painted black. RuggedExposure built a similar rack last year and he painted his black.
  10. lancruza

    lancruza On a Mission

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    Heres a couple of pics of RuggedExposure's DR350 setup with black ammo boxes.

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  11. lakser

    lakser Been here awhile

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    there is a hose that goes from my cranks case to airbox.
    the end that connects to the end of the airbox is completely melted. must have fallen off or something.

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    where can I get these fittings?
  12. veriest1

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    Definirely one of the best looking DR's out there.

    I've seen it before but this is the first time I've noticed the vanity plate.

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  13. markk900

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    Its part number 13850-14D22 (breather tube) - you can't get the fitting by itself from Suzuki but the whole tube is available at a number of places including I am sure your dealer.....but bring your wallet - $60-70 is what I saw online.

    If it were me I'd go to the nearest auto parts store and find something that looks remotely the same then adapt it.....
  14. brownvv

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    I have a 98 dr350 I am getting ready to turn into the next project. these forks really are nice but I have a set of inverted forks ready to bolt on already. I put my other set of 99 forks on my it200 and they are fantastic on it. not going to lie I kinda felt like a trader doing such a swap being a huge dr nut. anyways I have a beefy top triple clamp. fork brace, forks and front wheel off the 98 and I was considering selling it to help pay for the build. there are none on ebay right now so whats all that worth?
    I might be interested in trades if anyone on here is interested
  15. tkent02

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    What do you want in trade? I have an almost complete '93 dirt model I'm parting out....

    I just bought a set of these forks for $100 off Craigslist, but I could use another.
  16. jackanory

    jackanory I am Jack's wasted life

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    Damn little bike impresses the hell out of me. 150+ miles through the mountains looking for some likely wild trout streams. Bike never missed a beat - from 5mph rocky sidehill to 70mph WFO into a headwind heading up the highway home. Little bike done good, definitely a keeper.

    Did fine a couple spots worth checking out, some new beaver dams in the area.
  17. tkent02

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    Yeh, that's how they roll. Keepers.
  18. lakser

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    I am not sure if thats the right part for my 1990 s model.
    either way. it looks like I can just make it work with a piece of tube from the autopart store and some clamps.
    any reason not to go this route?
    what does this tube do anyhow?
  19. jackanory

    jackanory I am Jack's wasted life

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    It's an emissions thing mostly. sends petrochemical laden air into the intake to be burned off. Also feeds filtered air into crank in negative pressure portions of the cycle.

    I don't think that rigging something up from the parts store would be any big deal so long as you got everything tight. Remember this is post filter so any leaks send dirty air into your motor.
  20. MrPulldown

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    Looks like a good start. Seems like this is bolted down in one location only. The top bolt. You have two vertical tabs to take care of the side to side motion. But it would serve you better to use the two side mounting holes. Similar to what Rugged did with his. The rotating torque is not constrained.

    Might also consider some gussets on the vertical units that the boxes hang off of. Those boxes are heavy to begin with and the simple 90 degree joints won't fair well.